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Smart Things by Mike Kuniavsky

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Chapter 18 Common Design Challenges

Me, I’m a creator

Thrill is to make it up

Santogold, “Creator”

Ubiquitous computing user experience design is a young field. Despite twenty years of history, there is little agreed-upon process, few standard components, and barely any agreement on where the boundaries of ubicomp lie — or even what to call it. Most designers will have to make it up on the fly and hope for the best. Nevertheless, not all is chaos. The seeds of a discipline have been planted, and some of the forest’s outline has emerged.

A number of ubiquitous computing researchers, designers, developers, and educators (listed below) contributed to this chapter by describing the challenges they regularly face. I organized these into five categories: ...

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